Plant Biology

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Diversity, taxonomic composition, and functional aspects of fungal communities in living, senesced, and fallen leaves at five sites across North America

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Francis Martin –– This study is exploring a poorly investigated field of microbial ecology: the structure of endophytic fungal communities in the leaves of a large set of species in a wide range of biomes.
Identifying suitable reference genes for gene expression analysis in developing skeletal muscle in pigs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Cong-Jun Li –– The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial to accurately evaluate and normalize the relative expression level of target genes for gene function analysis. This manuscript provides some important information about the references genes for pigs, one is of important economic value.
Meta-analysis reveals that seed-applied neonicotinoids and pyrethroids have similar negative effects on abundance of arthropod natural enemies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Leon Higley –– Given their broad ecological impacts, this work significantly adds to growing evidence of risks associated with the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.
Stress responses of the oil-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii Race B

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Ivo Feussner –– This is one of the first in which RNA seq data are made publicly available for this organism.
Effects of arachidonic acid supplementation in maturation diet on female reproductive performance and larval quality of giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Sadasivam Kaushik –– Studies on broodstock nutrition are of interest to improve and ensure progeny performance and for genetic improvement schemes.
Host plant affects morphometric variation of Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae)

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leon Higley –– This manuscript contributes to our understanding of morphological variation in an important insect pest species
Phytogeographic and genetic variation in Sorbus, a traditional antidiabetic medicine—adaptation in action in both a plant and a discipline

Editor rating: 7 / 10

David Day –– Important cross-disciplinary study combining social science and biochemistry to evaluate traditional medicine.
Analyzing pathogen suppressiveness in bioassays with natural soils using integrative maximum likelihood methods in R

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– There is a need for more manuscriot addressing models to answer biological questions
Widespread dieback of riparian trees on a dammed ephemeral river and evidence of local mitigation by tributary flows

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Leon Higley –– It provides valuable information on the interaction of biotic factors in shaping watershed (specifically river flow) structure.
A single-nucleotide-polymorphism-based genotyping assay for simultaneous detection of different carbendazim-resistant genotypes in the Fusarium graminearum species complex

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The technique will be very valuable gor farmers

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Cool topic! Very needed to combine mechanistic models with statistics. Is there a paper/preprint available? If you like this, you may interested in: https://t.co/u1AsbTHbaf and https://t.co/v08f4qFqby #openaccess @b_rosen_baum @EllenLatz @thePeerJ @MethodsEcolEvol https://t.co/TRUFCZ5wdz

129 days ago
【メモ】種子処理用のネオニコチノイド系殺虫剤が土着天敵(捕食者・捕食寄生者)に与える影響をメタ解析した論文。ピレスロイド系殺虫剤と同程度に土着天敵の数を減らすことが示唆されている。 Douglas MR, Tooker JF 2016 PeerJ, 4, e2776. https://t.co/gtgmV4W6T6